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Is 'Big Sexy' a winner?

TLC is airing a new reality show called "Big Sexy," featuring five fat women who are involved in the fashion industry in New York City.

The Onion AV club has a good (and size positive) review of it here.

Today Show has interviewed the stars, and you can find the video in a post on Today's blog, 'Big Sexy' stars hope for large changes in attitudes.

Other than the truly awful tagline "Once you go big, you'll never go twig," it looks like it could be all right. Has anyone been watching?

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richie79
September 22nd, 2011 | Link | Gah to the Onion review

I'm quite annoyed by that Onion review, which like every other piece that mentions the topic of 'fat admiration' does so negatively by inferring that men who prefer fat partners are at best a problem and at worse sinister predators to be avoided at all costs. After all if fat women are dangerous and unattractive what does that make someone who is actively attracted to them? A paraphiliac or fetishist, seems to be the conclusion, and one which seems to be quickly taking root even amongst fat women themselves.

All I can say is I'm glad I'm settled and no longer dating in such a poisonous climate.

And the 50-odd comments are prime Fat Hate Bingo fodder. OK, it's the Onion, a seething hotbed of schoolyard fat jokes and fauxgressive concern for teh health, but as one of the later comments points out, any discussion of the show itself is completely drowned out by the usual shrieking about how (like anything that deviates from the 'fat people=bad' narrative) it's glamorising / promoting / normalising 'obesity' and hastening the resultant collapse of traditional morality and the medical system.

I haven't seen the programme because I'm too tight / skint to fork over for subscription TV and thus can't really comment on its tone or content, but to me it's just more propagandic 'belly telly' in schedules already dominated by the wretched stuff. Irrespective of its nature, I'm just getting really bored of having to avoid the endless nightly parade of TV shows about fat people, as though we're some distinct species that require a whole separate genre of media. Certainly their past form suggests that little good can come of anything made by or aired on TLC.

"What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right" - Albert Einstein

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DeeLeigh
September 22nd, 2011 | Link | Ack, sorry Richie. I must

Ack, sorry Richie. I must have skimmed past the potshot at FAs.

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Moe
September 22nd, 2011 | Link | Is It a Winner

I guess the real determinant of winner status will be if TLC decides to pick it up as a regular series.

I watched all three episodes and enjoyed it overall. I would like to see a regular series that picks up a different group of fat women (and men) every season but that is just me.

The main thing I liked about the show was that it was more balanced emotionally than the last reality show for fat people that I watched. The women don't seem broken and there is a balanced mixture of highs and lows. I didn't feel like anyone was pathetic like the Fat Bachelor portrayed. It definitely deserves more than 3 episodes.

I think it is worth watching.
Moe
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